This song was inspired by meditating on the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). I’ll be the first to admit that this prayer has often been too familiar to me. It’s easy to recite without giving it any thought as to what it means. And that is exactly what I found myself doing - going through the motions of saying this prayer, but not really caring about what I was saying. So, I decided to slow down and study the prayer more carefully by taking a deeper look at each concept presented within it.
I found myself rephrasing each part of it in a way that was new and fresh to me. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”… became “Our Father in heaven, how holy is your name! - above all others forever will remain.” “Give us this day our daily bread” became “may Your Word be found written on our hearts.” Why? Scripture says that “man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) Jesus, wasn’t just referring to “daily bread” as physical food, but also as spiritual food, which is God’s Word. Scripture also talks about God’s law (word) being written on our hearts. (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10)
The main point of the Lord’s Prayer is that God’s “will be done.” (**) That’s what the chorus to the song is all about: “…Lord, we yield our hearts, allow You to reign… we give our all to You…” It’s about letting go of our selfish desires and allowing God to fill us with His Spirit: “as we empty ourselves, come fill us anew.”… filling us with goodness, love, mercy, wisdom, honesty, patience, peace, forgiveness, joy, etc. The bridge in the song continues this concept: “Create in us, clean and pure hearts…” we can’t have clean hearts if we are hanging on to bitterness. The Lord’s Prayer says: “forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” Wanting that “clean heart” also makes me think of Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” The main desire of the song is to have that “right spirit” renewed within us. Why? As the lyrics say “restore our souls, for we long to be close to You.” It’s that desire to be close to Him - to have a relationship with Him that is relevant and meaningful. I don’t want to just go through the motions of it all. I don’t want mere religion. I want to LIVE the Lord’s Prayer and not just recite it. I want to be filled with His Spirit and know Him better. How about you? What do you want?
** Side note: Sadly, in our world today and throughout history, a lot of horrible things have been done by people saying that they are doing “God’s will.” They have been deceived by Satan and do not know the God that I speak of. How can you tell? By what is written on their hearts. It will be the opposite of what God’s Spirit fills you with. Their hearts are full of judgment, hatred, lack of mercy, lack of understanding and compassion, lies, violence, dissention, anger, bitterness, malice and rage. Their motives will reflect their desire for selfish gain even though their lies will deny it and attempt to hide it. Unfortunately, these people distort the image of who God really is. That is why it is so important for us (Christians) to go beyond reciting God’s Word – we need to be living it.
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